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Concert Fri Oct 12 2007

Michigan Attacks!

Sunday features an invasion from across the lake, and ground zero happens to be Schubas. A quick dossier on the combatants:

Saturday Looks Good to Me – more often than not compared to the Beach Boys – feature a run-through of quality Michigan indie acts. Frontman Fred Thomas (who now lives in Brooklyn I suppose, but I shall still push on with this Michigan theme) from Flashpapr and Lovesick, Erika Hoffmann of Godzuki, Risa Buburniak and Brooke Rossi of the Sparklers, and Chad Gilchrist of Outrageous Cherry and His Name Is Alive. The band released their first album in 2000, and their latest Fill Up the Room comes out 10/23. The band had this to say about the show: "An extended band and different instrumentation, still a party, but focusing more on our dreamier and experimental songs as well as the guitar solo freakouts. We'll be playing songs for these shows that have never been preformed live before…[the show] will be recorded professionally and then released in a deluxe double-live gatefold LP set sometime next year!!!"

Mason Proper makes their home in Ypsilanti, Michigan (originally calling themselves Patterns in Paris). They’ve most recently re-released their 2006 debut There Is a Moth in Your Chest in March 2007. Melancholy and experimental, Mason Proper sound most like the Arcade Fire or Death Cab for Cutie--even The Decemberists at a long stretch (but maybe that’s just cause frontman Jonathan Visgr looks like Colin Meloy).

Great Lakes Myth Society play a catchy brand of Americana/folk/indie-pop, even while adding a layer of eeriness (I suppose that's the "Myth Society" part). The band released their sophomore album Compass Rose Bouquet in July 2007 to high critical acclaim, and Michigan is definitely a major part of their music. With song titles like "Days of Apple Pies," "Summer Bonfire," and "The Gales of 1838," there’s a classic Midwest mystique in GLMS’ music that’s quite alluring. The band moniker says it all.

Schubas, 10/14, 5PM, All Ages, $10

"Can't Ever Sleep" - Saturday Looks Good to Me (Sound on Sound, 2006)
"100 Yrs" - Mason Proper (There Is A Moth In Your Chest, 2007
"Isabella County, 1992" - Great Lakes Myth Society (Great Lakes Myth Society, 2005)

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Our Final Transmission Days

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